11.30.2011

Little Gray Turns 2 {Shreveport Celebration Photographer}

Happy Birthday Gray!  And what better way to celebrate than a big party in the front yard complete with your very own train?
Such a sweet family...





His party was such a blast and I was so glad to be a part.  These are just some of my favorites.












Can you say bleach?  She loved her chocolate!



His mom is super creative and made the most darling little candy trains.  How precious are these?

Lifesaver Candy Train


Such a fun party.  Happy Birthday Gray!

11.28.2011

Pictures and Potatoes...

What a weekend!  We ate, we watched football, we ate, we cooked, we baked, we shopped, we slept, we ate... you get the gist.  It was wonderful and just the break we all needed.

I have so many fun recipes to share over the next week, but I thought I'd start the week off with some fun pics from Friday.  Amy (the mom in the following pictures) is married to Stephen's cousin.  (We actually went to middle school together, don't we live in a small world?)  Her little girls are precious and Lily is ALWAYS up for a photo shoot. 

As you can see.






Could you have more joy than this?

After the photo shoot with Lily... my mom joined us and taught Lily how to pick her own potatoes!




My mom had planted red and purple potatoes, which were SO good, and it was so fun pulling them out of the ground!




We need to get this girl a garden!


And no garden work is done without making a bridal bouquet out of spinach.... Lily said she was like a bride!


We went inside and joined the boys who were watching football, and we played with sweet Georgia, their newest addition.

I love this picture... I think Stephen needs two little girls.  But that's just me.  These girls LOVE their Mr. Stephen.


Flirtin with Stephen.  Hey now.  He's mine ;)

Ok, you're really cute.  You can flirt all you want.


I'm ready for this couple to have one of their own too!  Don't they look cute holding a baby?  I think so.
Such a fun weekend with family and friends.  Can't wait to show you all the pictures of all the food we ate. 

It was insane.

I'm still full.

11.23.2011

Cinnamon Toast just like you remember...

I don't know about you, but for the longest time, I thought my mom was the only person on the planet who made cinnamon toast.  There was just something about it.  Crunchy on the top from the caramelized sugar, and the softness of the white bread on the underneath.


A while back, I got a craving for cinnamon toast just like my  mom made.  We bought white bread and I went to work.  As soon as Stephen ate it, he said, "This is just like Granny's cinnamon toast!"  Apparently, my mother did not originate this wonderful breakfast food.  But I still hold it near and dear to my heart.

So, since it's not a closely guarded recipe or technique, I thought you should know how to make it... so your children can thank you years later for something so wonderful and yet, so simple.  It's just plain goodness.

Start with good 'ol white bread.  The cheaper the better I believe.  But any bread will work.


The secret is in the butter application.  It can not be spread.  It must be "plopped" in slats on to the bread.  No spreading.  An no comments on it being too much butter.  Hush.  It just looks like a lot.

Now, take a small bowl and mix 1 part cinnamon, 2 parts sugar.  Depending on how much you make, you can adjust your amounts.  I use a few spoonfuls of sugar and two shakes of the cinnamon. 

I know.  Technical I tell you.



This is the color you want.  A light brown.

Now, if you have a shaker, you can premake this mixture and then shake it on the bread.  I use a spoon to distribute my sugar mixture.  You don't want too much, just enough to cover.

(Sorry for the shaky pics.  I should have called in my super cute assistant.  He was busy watching Gameday. You can get the gist though)



It  may not look pretty, but trust me, it's good.

Now stick it under the broiler, or in our case, the broil function of the toaster oven.  My favorite appliance.


Watch the bread.  It wont take long.  You just want the butter to melt and the sugar to slightly crisp up.  More melted butter = goodness.

Now, make some bacon.  You need some good bacon to go with this. 

By the way, I love my bacon Tupperware container, which I stole from my mom.  It's the perfect size for bacon.  I won't know what to do if I ever don't have this piece of Tupperware.



They just don't make them like they used to.  Plus, I love the color.

Ok, plate your cooked bacon and cinnamon toast and enjoy!  Travel back to your childhood or make a new memory.  There's something about the simplicity of this toast that just makes you feel good.